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In Prince’s battle with pain medication, a common refrain

Evidence has been mounting that suggests that Prince started taking medications for hip pain and became dependent on them.

Navajo Nation reeling after 11-year-old girl’s kidnapping and murder

Ashlynne Mike and her 9-year-old brother were playing by an irrigation canal when a red van pulled up.

Clinton aide interviewed in e-mail investigation

The FBI has interviewed Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, as part of a federal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, a person familiar with the probe said Thursday.

The little dripper

Friday: Some early drizzle; high 53-58, low 45-50

North Carolina leaders show no sign of surrender on LGBT law

North Carolina’s Republican leaders are showing no signs of backing down from their new bathroom rules despite the U.S. Justice Department’s declaration that they violate federal civil rights laws and could cost the state dearly in lost education funding.

LA’s ‘Grim Sleeper’ in decades-long killing spree

A jury convicted the man accused in the “Grim Sleeper’’ serial killings that began decades ago and left at least nine women and a teenager dead.

For Democrats, it may be the Year of the Woman

In the fights to stop Donald Trump and control the Senate, the female vote looks crucial.

In one week, 4 toddlers accidentally shoot, kill selves

In a country with more than 30,000 annual gun deaths, the smallest fingers on the trigger belong to children.

Clear skies, gator wrestling, and UFOs: The San Luis Valley has it all

The vast alpine desert in southern Colorado is one of the weirdest patches of the West.

Tourists use Alaska homeless shelter to grab coffee, snack

Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit’s board members.

Military reports fewer sex assaults; more intervention urged

The number of sexual assaults reported by the military dipped slightly in 2015 compared to the previous year, spurring military leaders to look for new ways to encourage troops to intervene when they see a potentially dangerous situation.

State’s attorney asks to step aside from Chicago police case

Cook County’s embattled state’s attorney asked a judge Thursday to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case against a white Chicago police officer she didn’t charge until more than a year after he shot a black teenager 16 times.

Political change: Mayor forced to count pennies to pay fine

A Miami-area mayor won his bid to pay a $4,000 ethics fine with pennies and nickels, but only after he agreed to count and box the coins himself.

Officials take custody of kids who went to Oregon standoff

Seven children who were taken to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year have been placed in the temporary custody of Kansas child welfare officials.

Questions arise about California doctor’s response to Prince

Was a California doctor acting legally when he sent his son to Prince’s home with a drug?

FDA brings e-cigarettes under federal authority

Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under the new rules.

When Can Fetuses Feel Pain? Utah Abortion Law and Doctors Are at Odds

SALT LAKE CITY — Starting later this month, women in Utah seeking an abortion 20 weeks or more into a pregnancy will first have to be given anesthesia or painkillers — drugs that are intended not for them, but for the fetus.

Sept. 11 families seek answers in secret pages from inquiry

Fifteen years after the attacks that killed her husband, Lorie Van Auken thinks she still hasn’t been told the whole truth about 9/11.

US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

Obama tells Flint residents: ‘I’ve got your back’

Sipping filtered city water to show it’s again drinkable, President Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Mich., is safe to use.

Army Captain Takes Obama to Court Over Islamic State Fight

WASHINGTON — A 28-year-old army officer on Wednesday sued President Barack Obama over the legality of the war against the Islamic State, setting up a test of Obama’s disputed claim that he needs no new legal authority from Congress to order the military to wage that deepening conflict.

Wet else is new

Thursday: More showers; high 48-53, low 44-49

New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

Teens kidnapped after high school prom fight off attacker

Two California teens kidnapped following their high school prom managed to escape after one of them wrested a gun away from their attacker and then pistol-whipped him, authorities said.

Detroit schools back in session after promise teachers will be paid

DETROIT -- Detroit’s public schools reopened Wednesday, welcoming tens of thousands of students back to their classrooms after two days of widespread closures due to teacher sickouts over pay.

Cosby tries again to delay criminal case, get charges tossed

Bill Cosby is trying again to delay hearings in his criminal case while he fights to get the sex-assault charges in Pennsylvania dismissed.

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N.C. law violates civil rights, US government says

A law limiting protections for LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections, the Justice Department said.

In Florida, nearly 400 death row inmates’ sentences hang in limbo

A US Supreme Court ruling means the death sentences must be converted to life prison terms, former state justices and prosecutors argue.

How many moms will be celebrating Mother’s Day in the US?

It’s time to take mom out for brunch, shower her with gifts, and tell her how much she means to you.

Prince reportedly arranged to meet addiction doctor

The day before the singer died, his representatives reached out to a California doctor, a lawyer says.

Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Texas company

At least one other person was injured in the attack at the Knight Transportation office in Katy, about 20 miles west of Houston.

Navy SEAL the third US serviceman to die in combat in Iraq since 2014

Charlie Keating IV was a former Phoenix high school star distance runner who was the grandson of a financier involved in the 1980s savings and loan scandal.

Navy SEAL the third US serviceman to die in combat in Iraq since 2014

Charlie Keating IV was a former Phoenix high school star distance runner who was the grandson of a financier involved in the 1980s savings and loan scandal.

Funeral for 6 slain family members held in southern Ohio

Black hearses carried six of the eight family members slain in southern Ohio to a hillside cemetery, where mourners crowded around blue tents shielding the caskets Tuesday.

‘He thought he could help’: Concealed carry gun-wielder intervenes in domestic dispute and is shot dead

The concealed carry permit holder was trying to intervene in a domestic dispute, trying to disarm the fleeing shooter, trying to do the job ordinarily reserved for police.

Lawyer says Kansas activist tried to intimidate doctor

An anti-abortion activist intended to intimidate a Wichita physician when she sent a letter suggesting someone might place an explosive under the doctor’s car, a Justice Department lawyer told jurors in opening statements in her civil trial Tuesday.

Chicago: Students can access bathrooms by gender identity

Chicago Public Schools will allow transgender students and employees to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities, according to guidelines released Tuesday by the nation’s third-largest school district.

Police balk as states expand gun rights

Authorities say the new laws expose officers to greater danger and prevent them from doing their jobs effectively.

Nevada woman says she was fired for not accepting Scientology

The woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the business, saying she was pressured to watch videos on Scientology and was denied pay raises because of her religious beliefs.

Sent to the showers

Wednesday: Rainy periods; high 50-55, low 43-48

As Derby approaches, Louisville battles over removal of Confederate monument

Legacy of the city and the iconic derby often tangled with race issues

Obama set to declare Stonewall Inn as a national monument

The president has described Stonewall as a critical event along the nation’s path to become ‘‘a more perfect union.”

Snapchat at 107 mph? Lawsuit blames teen (and Snapchat) for crash

A selfie that went viral is part of a lawsuit filed by a Georgia man accusing a teenager of recklessly using Snapchat while driving.

Statue that roiled Wellesley College now on display in Manhattan

The realistic statue of a sleepwalking man that sparked controversy at Wellesley College in 2014 is once again on public display.

Man hijacks bus, fatally strikes pedestrian in D.C.

The man who stole the bus appeared distraught and was violent as officers took him into custody, police said.

Most of Detroit’s public schools close again amid teacher sick-outs

Hundreds of teachers have called out sick over concerns about the district’s finances.

Cross-bearing ‘Jesus’ arrested at Philadelphia Apple store

A man who calls himself “Philly Jesus” has a new cross to bear: He was arrested at a Philadelphia Apple store on a trespassing charge.

Clinton outraises Sanders for first time in months

Clinton’s campaign said Monday it raised about $26.4 million in donations in April for the primary.

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